April 17, 2020

Jurist: Federal appeals court rules North Carolina gerrymandering case must be heard in state court


By Alina Rizvi


The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina General Assembly redistricting plans under the North Carolina constitution must be heard in state, not federal court.

Plaintiffs allege that the redistricting plans are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. Plaintiffs are 38 voters who are part of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Among others, defendants include Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Redistricting Ralph Hise, Jr., Senior Chairman of the House Select Committee on Redistricting David Lewis, and the state of North Carolina.

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